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Intel smartphone app chip outruns rivals

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone? application processor? tablets?

Intel's latest application processor sets the bar for performance and current drain in smartphones, according to recent report by ABI Research. The Z2580 outperformed the competition in the benchmark testing of the Lenovo K900 smartphone, powered by Intel's XMM6360 modem chipset.

ABI found out that for the CPU test, three phones scored in the 5000 range for performance, but of the three, Intel stood out with only 0.85A of average current vs. 1.38A for the Samsung Exynos Octa, and 1.79A for the Qualcomm APQ8064T.

Sampling of handsets/tablets that have been introduced lately with new chipsets from Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel

Table 1: Sampling of handsets/tablets that have been introduced lately with new chipsets from Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel. Click on image to enlarge.

Similar trends are seen for each test. If one of the chips did have lower current, the performance was significantly lower or if the performance was better, the current was higher. The only test where a competitor matched the performance of the Intel Z2580 was for 1080p video record wherein it was noted that the Samsung Galaxy S4 i377 had lower current drain but this was not due to the Qualcomm APQ8064T, rather, it was because of a separate image processor from Fujitsu. In the same test, it was determined that the Samsung Exynos Octa performed well without a separate image processor in both the 1080p and 3D graphics tests; outscoring all but with proportionally higher current compared to the Z2580 from Intel.

"The ARM architecture used by nearly all of Intel's competitors is well known for its low power performance but in bringing the processing power up closer to PC levels, the current drain has taken a significant hit," ABI engineering VP Jim Mielke noted. Since high-end smartphones require this level of performance, Intel is well positioned for strong growth over the next few years. Mielke continues, "Combining the high-end modems (the XMM6360 is used in both the Lenovo K900 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500) with their application processors for high- to mid-tier solutions, and single-chip EDGE chips for low-cost phones makes Intel a rare full portfolio provider."

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